Mathis Brothers Furniture plans to build a new $16-million, 365,000-square-foot distribution center near its store along Interstate 40 to keep pace with the growth of several brands it operates in the Oklahoma City metro area.
“We've kind of outgrown this property and this expansion will help us grow and also better serve our customers,” Bill Mathis said of Mathis Brothers' 410,000-square-foot store and distribution center at 3434 W Reno.
Mathis hopes the new distribution center will free up more parking for customers at the store, and also could pave the way for the eventual reuse of the existing distribution area for an expansion of Mathis Brothers' already expansive showroom.
The new distribution center will serve the needs of the local Factory Direct Furniture and Drexel Heritage stores, also operated by Mathis Brothers.
“The distribution center demonstrates the commitment we have made to Oklahoma City and doing business here,” Mathis said.
The new facility will be built on the site of the former Big Red Furniture Warehouse store at 413 S Portland.
The distribution center will position the company for growth of the Mathis Brothers Sleep Studio stores in the metro area, as well as Ashley Furniture HomeStores.
Mathis Brothers is a franchisee for Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture. The Oklahoma City-based company hopes to eventually have seven 30,000-square-foot to 40,000-square-foot Ashley Furniture stores in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
The business already has opened two of the stores in the Tulsa area in the last year, with two more planned. A Norman location is under construction at the University North Park shopping center.
In just two years, the Mathis Brothers Sleep Studio concept has grown from one location on Reno just down the street from Mathis Brothers to five locations in the metro area. At 8,000 square feet to 13,000 square feet, the mattress store concept is much larger that most traditional mattress stores and offers a larger selection, said Kerry Tramel, president of the mattress manufacturer Lady Americana.
“It's been a very successful concept because it has made it easier for people to shop for a mattress, so people have really embraced that,” said Tramel, who also oversees the Sleep Studio stores for Mathis Brothers.
Mathis Brothers is getting ready to break ground on a new Sleep Studio location in Moore along Interstate 35 in front of the Warren Theatre.
“We've also got a few other sites in the metro area that we're working toward,” Tramel said.